Alfred Dunhill Championship 2016: Four to back in round one

A new season = the start of a spectacular journey for many new faces
A new season = the start of a spectacular journey for many new faces

The dust is still settling on the 2016 Race to Dubai but there's no rest for the wicked - it's the start of the new European Tour season and Dan Geraghty selects four golfers to follow in round one...

"Jaco Ahlers has played on the Sunshine Tour for the best part of 10 years now but it's been in recent times that he's really blossomed."

With only an 18 man field in the US, I'm taking a look at this week's European Tour for the FRL column.

Here's your first round leaderboard from last year's event:

64 Christian Basson
66 Charl Schwartzel
67 Matt Ford
67 Mark Williams
68 Numerous!

Basson, Ford and Williams all tee'd off early in the morning last year. Schwartzel was an anomaly, his 66 came in the afternoon; the South African has an unbelievable record at Leopard Creek, but we can't be scared of one man, and he's easily swerved this week at just 6/1 for the first day lead - particularly as it looks like the morning starters will again have the best of the weather.

My each way column pick Thomas Detry looks like he has been dealt the perfect draw, he's one of the very first men on the course at 6:20. The Belgian can be eating a second breakfast by half past 10, hopefully with plenty of red numbers on his scorecard. I'm delighted with the draw and he looks a must bet.

Matt Wallace had a staggering record on the Alps tour last season, he won six (!) of his nine events, including five in a row and finished with twice as many points as the second man on the order of merit. His achievements have seen him rise to 222nd in the world while remaining unknown to many. Clearly the Alps tour features players well below the level Wallace will encounter this week, however, his record is staggering and as such he's well worth taking a chance on at a triple figure price.

Jaco Ahlers has played on the Sunshine Tour for the best part of 10 years now but it's been in recent times that he's really blossomed. Ahlers has won five of his six titles in the last two years and has three 2016 victories to his name. The late bloomer has yet to really make his presence felt in a co-sanctioned European Tour event but the way his career is progressing, it's only a matter of time.

Joe Dyer's each way column pick
Dylan Fritelli had an excellent season on the Challenge Tour last season to reignite a career that had seemingly stalled. The promising youngster carried that form back to his native South Africa with an eighth place finish at the Cape Town Open last week and with a morning tee time, he looks well worth backing at a course where he's been in the top 25 in each of the last two years.

Recommended Bets

Back Thomas Detry @ 66/1
Back Matt Wallace @ 110/1
Back Jaco Ahlers @ 50/1
Back Dylan Fritelli @ 40/1


1pt EW on each

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